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Maryland locks down late vs. Purdue: 5 things you need to know

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Maryland locks down late vs. Purdue: 5 things you need to know

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland has been in close games before -- and they have won them. But down four points with under six minutes to go against an elite defensive team like Purdue, that two-possession deficit had to feel like double digits.

Then Maryland shifted into a gear that would have seemed out-of-character when the season began.

The Terrapins, who have been riding their defense over the past month, completely locked down the Boilermakers over the last six minutes of the game, using a 16-2 run to close out Purdue in a 72-61 victory at XFINITY Center in College Park.

A clutch Robert Carter, Jr. led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds. Rasheed Sulaimon led all scorers with 21. Melo Trimble chipped in 14.

Here are 5 things you need to know.

1) No real surprise how Purdue would start

The Boilermakers have two seven-footers. They get a massive portion of their points inside the paint. So it was no surprise that AJ Hammons had six of Purdue’s first eight points by the under-16 timeout.

The plan for them was two-fold. Obviously Hammons is a good scorer on the interior, but it was also to get five-star Maryland freshman into foul trouble. Stone got one and Turgeon sat him down until the under-12 timeout.

By the under-4, he had picked up his second. He did an admirable job in the interim, though. Hammons and Haas had combined to shoot 5-of-12 by that point.

2) Maryland counters with smart offensive plan

How do you beat size? You either shoot over the top of it or make those bigs move around. Maryland did a little bit of both early on.

Rasheed Sulaimon said it on Friday. As much as Maryland needs to adjust to Purdue, Purdue has to adjust to Maryland. The Terrapins have two frontcourt players in Robert Carter, Jr. and Stone who can step away from the rim and knock down shots.

Carter hit two threes early to jump-start the offense.

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3) Terps hit a wall before the half

After pushing the lead to eight points, 18-10, with 11:03 to play, Maryland’s perimeter defense became disorganized. An offensive drought went hand-in-hand with a 10-0 Boilermaker run.

During that run, Maryland missed a series of bunnies around the rim and had turnovers that halted offensive possessions. The result of that is that it hands the keys to Purdue and allows them to dictate the pace.

If the Boilermakers had their way, this would be a slow, grind-it-out defensive game. That is what the final 11 minutes of the second half became. Purdue led, 30-27, at the break.

4) Trying to dictate the pace in the second half

Maryland had fallen in love with the jumper and it was clear out of the half that Turgeon wanted his team to get the ball to the basket. Melo Trimble went there in the first 20 seconds and hit two shots. Jake Layman went and hit two more within the first minute.

In conjunction with that, they pushed the pace. What’s the best way to beat two seven-footers? Make sure they’re still getting back on defense when you’re taking your shot. Trimble and Sulaimon were key in that respect.

But with such a strong defensive opposition, it is hard to pull away. The Terrapins felt in control with around 11 minutes to play, but led by only three points. A 6-0 Purdue run put the Boilermakers back up by three.

5) The run

Four points against a team of this caliber defensively feels like 10. That is where Maryland found itself with 5:58 to play. That was when Robert Carter, Jr. -- who had already been so crucial for them to that point -- hit a corner three in the two-man game with Melo Trimble that turned the tide.

If he doesn’t make that basket, Purdue would have another shot to score the next possession and make it a six- or seven-point game. Carter’s three made it just one.

The next two minutes, Maryland shifted into another gear defensively that likely was not a part of the team’s arsenal when the season began. They locked down. In all, they went on a 16-2 run, stretching into the final minute of the game.

Carter received a standing ovation as he exited the floor.

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No. 19 Iowa pummels Maryland 23-0 for 3rd straight win

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No. 19 Iowa pummels Maryland 23-0 for 3rd straight win

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On a day when the wind made nearly every play an ugly one, Iowa's defense looked beautiful.

Nate Stanley threw for 86 yards and a touchdown and 19th-ranked Iowa pummeled Maryland 23-0 on Saturday for its third straight victory.

Anthony Nelson added a TD on a fumble recovery for the Hawkeyes (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who held the Terrapins to just 115 yards and seven first downs on a day when wind gusts topped 40 mph.

"I'm really happy with our team's performance. When you play a team like Maryland, they really pose some unique challenges for us and you factor in the conditions on top of that," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "I thought our guys did a really good job of being focused."

Those conditions seemed like they might favor Maryland and its run-heavy attack.

But Iowa's front seven never let the Terrapins' attack get going, and its offense used the ground game to grab an early lead and control the ball for more than 40 minutes.

After settling for a pair of short field goals, Iowa went into halftime ahead 13-0 after Stanley found Brandon Smith for a 10-yard TD grab -- which Smith made with one hand -- with eight seconds left in the second quarter.

Nelson, a defensive end, made it 23-0 Hawkeyes late in the third quarter by falling on a botched handoff from backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome in the end zone.

"They controlled the line of scrimmage up front. When we did try to run it up inside, they did a very good job of stopping us," Maryland coach Matt Canada said. "The wind really limited us being able to throw the ball down the field to loosen them up."

Ivory Kelly-Martin ran for 98 yards for Iowa, which had its first shutout since a 28-0 victory at Illinois two years ago.

Kasim Hill was 6 of 15 passing for 47 yards and a pick for the Terps (4-3, 2-2), who ran for just 68 yards after entering play averaging 245 a game on the ground.

All three of Maryland's losses have come by at least 21 points.

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa: The Hawkeyes are really starting to round into form. If Iowa can upset Penn State next week in State College, talk of the Hawkeyes crashing the playoff party will only gain steam because they should be favored to win their last four games.

Maryland: The Terps' defense simply couldn't get off the field, time and again bullied by an Iowa offensive line that played arguably its best game yet. Illinois ran just 39 plays, compared with 76 for Iowa.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Iowa might make another big jump -- the Hawkeyes went from unranked to 19th last week -- after an utterly dominant performance. The Hawkeyes have won their last three games by 17, 26 and 23 points.

TURNING POINT

Maryland looked like it had a good shot at holding Iowa to another red-zone field goal late in the first half. But Byron Cowart got flagged for a personal foul following a Stanley incompletion from the Terrapins 22, and two plays later Stanley found Smith in the end zone.

PARKER HESSE CAN'T LOSE

Hesse, Iowa's senior defensive end, played perhaps the signature game of a brilliant career. Hesse knew exactly when to stay home and when to attack on Maryland's option plays, and he added a sack and two tackles for loss. "They give you a lot of different looks ... it all came down to what we did this week in practice," Hesse said. "Not to sound redundant or cheesy. That's just something you've got to practice."

THE NUMBERS

Ty Johnson was the only Maryland player with more than one catch. He had two, for two yards. Iowa was 9 of 18 on third downs and 3 of 4 on fourth downs. Tre Watson and Isaiah Davis combined for 29 tackles for Maryland. The Hawkeyes wore out Maryland with a 17-play drive in the first quarter that consumed nine minutes and ended with a 23-yard field goal from Miguel Recinos. "Our objective is to get off the field on third down. Unfortunately, we understand when those long drives happen, it's because we failed to do that," Watson said.

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 

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